Curriculum Vitae

Evan Andrew Wilhelms, Ph.D.

(440) 941-3826

ewilhelms@wooster.edu

Morgan Hall 109

The College of Wooster

1189 Beall Ave
Wooster, OH 44691

Education

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, 2015

Dissertation title: The gist of risky decision making and judgment in health and well-being.

M.A. in Developmental Psychology, 2013

Thesis title: Gender differences in impulsivity with candy and alcohol: A fuzzy-trace theory approach to social meaning in risky health behaviors.

Department of Human Development

Teaching Assistantships:

“Translational Research in Risk and Rational Decision Making” with Prof. Valerie Reyna

“Human Brain & Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience” with Prof. Nathan Spreng

“Social Inequalities in Physical and Mental Health in the U.S.” with Prof. Elaine Wethington

"Introduction to Human Development: Infancy and Childhood" (2) with Prof. Christine Schelhas-Miller

Honors and awards:

Harold Feldman, Flemmie Kittrell, Virginia Cutler, Esther Stocks, and Flora Rose Fellowship Recipient, 2014-2015

Henry Ricciuti Teaching Assistantship Award, 2012

Graduate Team Member, Cornell Institute for Social Sciences; Judgment, Decision Making, and Social Behavior Theme Project, 2010-2012

Cornell Graduate School Conference Travel Grant, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 

Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, OH
Bachelor of Sciences,
2004 
Double Major: Psychology & Philosophy

Honors and awards:

Baldwin-Wallace College Presidential Scholarship Recipient, 2000-2003

Psi Chi National Honorary Society, inducted 2003

Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in Social Sciences, inducted 2003

Dayton C. Miller Honor Society, inducted 2003

Alpha Lambda Chapter Member, inducted 2001

Employment

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Wooster, 2017-present

Courses taught: Statistics and Experimental Design, Judgment and Decision Making, Applied Psychology, Developmental Psychology, First Year Seminar: Happiness and Other Illusions

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Vassar College, 2015-2017

        Courses taught: Principles of Development, Introductory Psychology

Research Positions Held

Graduate Student Laboratory Leader, Human Neuroscience Institute, under Prof. Valerie Reyna, Cornell University, 2011-2015 

Graduate Student Team Leader, National Institutes of Health (NIH)–Reducing the Risk Team, Laboratory for Rational Decision Making, under Prof. Valerie Reyna, Cornell University, 2011-2015

National Institutes of Health Graduate Fellow, “The Gist of Hot and Cold Cognition in Adolescents’ Risky Decision Making,” National Institute of Nursing Research, 2014

National Cancer Institute Graduate Fellow, “A Web Tutor to Help Women Decide About Testing for Genetic Breast Cancer,” National Cancer Institute, 2013

National Institutes of Health Graduate Fellow, “Low-Burden Tools for Improving Prediction and Diagnosis of Cognitive Impairment,” National Institutes of Health, 2011, 2012

Journal Articles

Wilhelms, E. A., Fraenkel, L., & Reyna, V. F. (2018). Effects of probabilities, adverse outcomes, and status quo on perceived riskiness of medications: Testing explanatory hypotheses concerning gist, worry, and numeracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology 32 (6), 714–726.

Fraenkel, L., Reyna, V. F., Cozmuta, R., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2018). Do visual aids influence patients’ risk perceptions for rare and very rare risks? Patient Education and Counseling 101 (11), 1900-1905.

Cozmuta, R., Wilhelms, E. A., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., Reyna, V. F., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). The influence of explanatory images on risk perceptions and treatment preference. Arthritis Care & Research 70 (11), 1707–1711.

Brust-Renck, P. G., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Wolfe, C. R., Widmer, C. L., Cedillos-Whynott, E. M., & Morant, A. K. (2017). Active engagement in a web-based tutorial to prevent obesity predicts improved knowledge, gist comprehension, and endorsement of healthy values. Behavior Research Methods 49 (4), 1386–1398.

Reyna, V. F., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2017). The gist of delay of gratification: Understanding and predicting problem behaviors. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 30 (2), 610-625.

Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., Brust-Renck, P. G., Weldon, R. B. & Corbin., J. C. (2015). Gist representations and communication of risks about HIV-AIDS: A fuzzy-trace theory approach. Current HIV Research 13 (5), 399-407.

Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., McCormick, M. J., Weldon, R. B. (2015). Development of risky decision-making: Fuzzy-trace theory and neurobiological perspectives. Child Development Perspectives 9 (2), 122-127.

Setton, R. A., Wilhelms, E. A., Weldon, R. B., Chick, C. F., Reyna, V. F. (2014). An overview of judgment and decision making research through the lens of fuzzy trace theory. Advances in Psychological Science 22 (12), 1837-1854.

Wilhelms, E. A. & Reyna, V. F. (2013). Fuzzy trace theory and medical decisions by minors: Differences in reasoning between adolescents and adults. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 38 (3), 268-282.

Journal Articles (continued)

Wilhelms, E. A. & Reyna, V. F. (2013). Effective ways to communicate risk and benefit: A practical, theory based approach. Virtual Mentor: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics 15, 34-41.

Working Papers

Wilhelms, E. A. & Corbin, J. C. (in preparation). Cut the Bull: Reducing Acceptance of the Pseudo- Profound.

Wilhelms, E. A. & Corbin, J. C. (in preparation). Are All-or-None Distinctions Necessary for Framing?

Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., & Brust-Renck, P. G. (in preparation). Beyond dual processes in framing: A fuzzy-trace theory account of risky decision making.

Wilhelms, E. A. (in preparation). The gist of happiness: Precision of representation of subjective well-being predicts risk judgments and choice in adolescents and adults.

Books

Wilhelms, E. A., & Reyna, V. F. (Eds.) (2015). Neuroeconomics, judgment, and decision making. New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Book Chapters

Brust-Renck, P. G., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., & Lazar, A. N. (2016). A fuzzy trace theory of judgment and decision making in healthcare: Explanation, prediction, and application. In M. A. Diefenbach, S. M. Miller-Halegoua, & D. J. Bowen (Eds.), Handbook of health decision science. New York: Springer.

Wilhelms, E. A., Helm, R. K., Setton, R. A., Reyna, V. F. (2015). Fuzzy trace theory explains paradoxical dissociations in affective forecasting. In E. A. Wilhelms & V. F. Reyna (Eds.), Neuroeconomics, judgment, and decision making (pp. 49-73). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Wilhelms, E. A. & Reyna, V. F.  (2015). Introduction: Neuroeconomics, judgment and decision making. In E. A. Wilhelms & V. F. Reyna (Eds.), Neuroeconomics, judgment, and decision making (pp. xiii-xviii). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Wilhelms, E. A., Corbin, J. C., Reyna, V. F. (2015). Gist memory in reasoning and decision making: Age, experience, and expertise. In V. A. Thompson & A. Feeney (Eds.), Reasoning as memory (pp. 93-109). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

Corbin, J. C., Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., & Brainerd, C. J. (2013). Theories and processes in memory development: Childhood to adolescence. In R. E. Holliday & T. Marche (Eds.), Child forensic psychology: Victim and eyewitness memory (pp. 65-94).  Palgrave-Macmillan.

Reyna, V. F., Chaudhry, S., Brust-Renck, P. G., Wilhelms, E. A., & Royer, C. E. (2013). Risk taking. In D. S. Dunn (Ed.), Oxford bibliographies in psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Posters and Papers Presented

Saccogna, J., Binion, S., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2018, November). Neurochemical context in self-regulation: Do glycemic load and reward response make a difference? Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, New Orleans, LA.

Wilhelms, E. A. & Corbin, J. C. (2017, November). Are All-or-None Distinctions Necessary for Framing? Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Vancouver, BC.

Wilhelms, E. A. & Corbin, J. C. (2016, November). Cut the Bull: Reducing Acceptance of the Pseudo-Profound. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Boston, MA.

Cozmuta, R., Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., Nolte, J., & Fraenkel, L. (2016, October). Do visual decision aids help patients correctly differentiate between a 2% vs. a 0.2% risk? Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Vancouver, BC.

Cozmuta, R., Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., Nolte, J., & Fraenkel, L. (2016, October). The influence of risk presentation format on willingness to start a medication. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Vancouver, BC.

Nolte, J., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Cozmuta, R., & Fraenkel, L. (2016, October). Modeling the gist of risks, benefits, and values in patients’ willingness to start medications. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Vancouver, BC.

Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., Corbin, J. C., (2015, November). The gist of happiness: Instability in judgments of subjective well-being predicts risk-taking. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Chicago, IL.

Wilhelms, E.A., Setton, R.A., Corbin, J.C., Brust-Renck, P., & Reyna, V.F. (2015).  The gist of happiness: Precision of representation of subjective well-being predicts risk judgments and choice in adolescents and adults.  In V.F. Reyna (Chair), Risky decision making in adolescents and adults: A new synthesis.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., Corbin, J. C., Helm, R. K. (2014, November). The gist of happiness: Eliciting gist judgments reduces instability in judgments of subjective well-being. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Long Beach, CA.

Helm, R. K., Reyna, V. F., Corbin, J. C., Wilhelms, E. A., & Weldon, R. B. (2014, November). Verbatim reasoning distinguishes risky decision making in juvenile delinquents versus age-matched controls: A fuzzy-trace theory approach. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Long Beach, CA.

Corbin, J. C., Setton, R. A., Brust-Renck, P. G., Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F. (2014, November). A fuzzy-trace theory approach to numeracy and framing: Objective numeracy predicts smaller framing bias but gist numeracy predicts larger framing bias. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Long Beach, CA.

Reyna, V. F., Evans, A. E., Chick, C. F., Weldon, R. B., Corbin, J. C., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2014, November). Gist representations reduce risk-taking despite heightened reward sensitivity. Paper presented at the meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

Posters and Papers Presented (continued)

Brust-Renck, P. G., Reyna, V., Rao, A., Blitsman, K., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2014, October). A fuzzy-trace theory intervention to reduce distress from positive mammography screening results. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Miami, FL.

Brust-Renck, P. G., Reyna, V., Weldon, R. B., Foster, R. B., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2014, October). A fuzzy-trace theory account of contradictory relations between risk perception and risk-taking in vaccination decisions. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Miami, FL.

Reyna, V. F., Chick, C. F., Ojalehto, J. D., Weldon, R. B., Corbin, J. C., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2013, November). Individual differences in neural substrates of sensation seeking and risky choice framing. Paper presented at the meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto, Canada.  

Avrutine, J., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., & Brust-Renck, P. G. (2013, November). Be afraid, be very afraid: Effects of fearful and fatalistic gists on young adult risk behavior predicted by fuzzy-trace theory. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Toronto, Canada.

Corbin, J. C., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., & Weldon, R. (2013, November). Higher decision confidence predicts more framing bias: A fuzzy-trace theory approach. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Toronto, Canada.

Weldon, R., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Corbin, J. C., Chick, C., & Brust-Renck, P. G. (2013, November). Sensation seeking and response-scale effects on rating versus categorizing rewards: A fuzzy-trace theory account. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Toronto, Canada.

Fraenkel, L., Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F. (2013, October). Do Numbers Make A Difference? Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Baltimore, MD

Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Weldon, R. B., Brust-Renck, P. G., & Corbin, J. C. (2013, August). Beyond dual processes in framing and temporal discounting: A fuzzy-trace theory account of risky decision making. Paper presented at the conference of Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making, Barcelona, Spain.

Corbin, J. C., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A. (2013, August). Biased, forgetful, and confident: Fuzzy trace theory and framing effects. Poster presented at the conference of Subjective Probability, Utility, and Decision Making, Barcelona, Spain.

Reyna, V. F., Lopes, E. A. Gichane, M. W., Lacks, R. S., Wilhelms, E. A. Derven, R. C. (May, 2013). Adolescents show unpacking and base-rate neglect effects in risk estimation, consistent with fuzzy trace theory. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., Fraenkel, L. Evans, A. E. (May, 2013). Manipulating status quo makes a new drug more risky yet more likely: Paradoxical relationships between risk perception and risk taking predicted by fuzzy trace theory. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Reyna, V. F., Weldon, R. B., Chick, C. F., Corbin, J. C., Wilhelms, E.A. (May, 2013). Individual differences in gist representation versus sensation-seeking in neuroimaging of framing effects. Paper presented at the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Decision Neuroscience, Philadelphia, PA.

Posters and Papers Presented (continued)

Corbin, J. C., Reyna, V. F. Wilhelms, E. A. (November, 2012). Focusing on (verbatim) memory leads to less framing, but focusing on (gist) memory leads to more framing: Testing fuzzy trace theory memory hypotheses. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Minneapolis, MN.  

Hsia, A. N., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Corbin, J. C., Royer, C. (November, 2012). Relationship between adolescent religiosity and delinquent Behavior: Explained by fuzzy trace theory. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Minneapolis, MN.

Lazar, A. N., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A. (November, 2012). Desirable deviations in medical decision making in the pre-hospital setting: A fuzzy trace theory approach. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Minneapolis, MN.

Brust-Renck, P. G., Reyna, V. F., Wolfe, C. R., Cedillos, E. M., Widmer, C. L., Fisher, C. R., Wilhelms, E. A., Chaudhry, S., Lopes, E. A., Wampler, A. T., Dang, S., Nollet, Z. W. (November, 2012). Randomized control trial of an obesity-prevention curriculum to improve psychosocial mediators of health outcomes (based on fuzzy trace theory). Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Minneapolis, MN.

Reyna, V. F., Brust-Renck, P. G., Portenoy, A., Gichane, M., & Wilhelms, E. A. (November, 2012). Gist numeracy: A fuzzy trace theory approach. Paper presented at the meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Wilhelms, E. A., Brust-Renck, P. G., Corbin, J. C., Reyna, V. F., & Liberali, J. (June, 2012). Gist-based predictors of risky behavior and problem outcomes. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association of NeuroPsychoEconomics, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Reyna, V. F., Brust-Renck, P. G., Lazar, A. N. & Wilhelms, E. A. (June, 2012). A fuzzy trace theory framework for understanding clinical intuition. Paper presented at European Workshop on Clinical Reasoning and Decision Making, Fribourg, Switzerland.

Corbin, J. C., Reyna, V. F., & Wilhelms, E. A. (May, 2012). Memory equals more bias in framing: Memory paradoxes predicted by fuzzy trace theory. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Wilhelms, E. A., Reyna, V. F., & Brust, P. G. (November, 2011). A better way to assess financial risk and well-being: A reliable and externally valid spendthrift scale. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Seattle, WA.  

Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Brust, P. G., Sui, W., Pardo, S. T., & Corbin, J. C. (November, 2011). Delay discounting and reward sensitivity: A fuzzy trace theory approach. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Seattle, WA.

Brust, P. G., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Sui, W., & Corbin, J. C. (November, 2011). The gist of choice: The role of numbers in decision making. Poster presented at the meeting of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Seattle, WA.

Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Brust, P. G., Sui, W., & Pardo, S. T. (November, 2011). The gist of delay discounting: Neurobiology and representation. Paper presented at the meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.

Posters and Papers Presented (continued)

Wilhelms, E. A., Brust, P. G., Reyna, V. F., Pardo, S. T., & Sui, W. (October, 2011). Reward sensitivity, temporal discounting, gender and risky health behaviors: A fuzzy trace theory approach. Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making, Chicago, IL. (Lusted Finalist)

Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Brust, P. G., Pardo, S. T., & Sui, W. (May, 2011). The role of individual differences in risky decision making. Poster presented at the meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Washington, DC.

Regional Presentations

Presentation to Cornell Extension Family Economic & Resource Educators, “Risk and Financial Decision Making,” 2011

Membership in Learned Societies

Society for Judgment and Decision Making, Member, 2010-present

Association for Psychological Science, Member, 2012-present

Consulting Reviewer

Reviewer, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes

Reviewer, Review of General Psychology

Reviewer, Health Education Journal

Reviewer, Frontiers in Psychology

Abstract Reviewer, Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making

Advised Student Theses and Research

2011        Anna Zhu (summer research)

2012        Andrew Lazar (master’s thesis)

2012        Margaret Waru Gichane (honors thesis)

2012        Deanna Blansky (summer research)

2013        Emily Lopes (honors thesis)

2013        Julie Avrutine (honors thesis)

2013        Lindsay Dower (summer research)

2014        Kritika Oberoi (summer research)

2014        Pooja Shah (summer research)

2015        Zoe Katz (honors thesis)

2015        Michael Mongelli (presidential scholar research)

2018        Savannah Binion (independent study undergraduate thesis)

2018        Chevas Echols (independent study undergraduate thesis)

2018        Jillian Saccogna (independent study undergraduate thesis)

2018        Jena Styka (independent study undergraduate thesis)

2018        Minerva Vidaurrazaga (independent study undergraduate thesis)

2018        George Burgi (independent study undergraduate thesis)

Revised November 21, 2018